Free giveaways: Full WPPI 2015 Passes

I have been a professional photographer for the past twelve years now. In that time, my career has covered a lot of ground. I’ve met some incredible people who have changed my life, I’ve done work that is beyond what I would have ever guessed I’d do, and my family has grown substantially not just in people count but in collective experience. In those twelve years, I’ve attended the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas eleven times. I’d missed my very first opportunity – I didn’t quite know what was going on that first year. In that time, I’ve watched this convention change in size, scope, venue and leadership. I’ve met literally thousands of people along the way, and I’ve been fortunate enough to make some truly great friends from all those initial conversations. I’ve also shared a few highlights of my experience here, from the first time I presented a platform talk in 2009 to the first time I spoke for Nikon in 2013 (and my gorgeous family “partied” with me in Vegas) to last year, when I won the WPPI Adorama Inspire Award. And, um, then proceeded to race off the stage immediately. My full-on, emotional Do Over regarding that stage flight is here. *Warning: it gets sappy.

Nikon Tamara Lackey WPPI Las Vegas, free giveaways

Thanks, again, to Mike Corrado for this photo.

  This year I will be returning to WPPI in Last Vegas again. And I hope you do, too. Well, return or come for the first time. It’s truly such a very cool experience – educational, empowering, informative, and beautifully community-building. The internet is fabulous and all, but there’s nothing like spending time with tens of thousands of human beings who love what you love and love it how you love it and are excited to talk, share, show and teach it with their human voices and you can look at their human faces and hug their human bodies. (That last part might have started to sound weird, but hopefully you know what I mean.) Basically? Real, Human Connection = Awesome. To that end, I will be giving away THREE free giveaways, that is THREE Full WPPI 2015 Platform Passes. Each of these passes will give you access to the entire show, from every single presentation delivered there to the giant expo at The MGM Grand. Note that on site, in Vegas, these full passes will cost you up to $399 each. Yes, that’s just one dollar short of four hundred dollars. And there’s so, so much to do when you get there. I am currently planning on doing at least the following things – with quite a few things to add that I’m still sorting out: Friday – Sunday: Judging the WPPI International Print Competition Monday: Morning: Filming new reDefine Shows for AdoramaTV 3pm – 4pm Joining Nikon Theater Presents:  Live.  Work.  Succeed.  A Women’s Forum for Entrepreneurial Photographers. Once again, I  will be joining the fabulous Bambi Cantrell and Dixie Dixon for this forum specifically addressing the experiences/challenges of women in the photography industry – along with SOLUTIONS, as each of us have different career goals, family life concerns & are working across different genres – portraits, weddings, and fashion.  The forum will also be moderated by my friend, Photofocus’ Melissa Niu. We did this last year, and we had some incredibly engaged attendees, answered a bunch of excellent questions – and were sure we’d want to do it again before we’d even finished the program. Programs like these are just one of the reasons I’m proud to be a Nikon Ambassador. 7pm Co-hosting a Dinner with Mylio, rather aptly described by Shutterbug Magazine as an addictive organizer, although there’s a whole lot more to it than that. Check out what I, Joe McNally, Chase Jarvis, Matthew Jordan Smith and Scott Kelby all have to say about our experiences here. Tuesday: 12pm Giving a presentation and new lighting demo for ProFoto 1pm: Speaking and doing a live shoot at Nikon Theater, on the Expo Floor 4pm: Delivering my Platform Presentation across gigormous room(s) 319-320, a brand new, live world multi-media program that dives deep into Lighting/Posing/Expression and Creating Dynamic Portraits. I LOVE this program, very excited to deliver it! HUGE GRATITUDE to my platform sponsors: Nikon Nations Photo Lab, who is offering a $50 credit to new customers, just use promo code “NEWJANTAM” when ordering through the ROES system Adorama, with lots of new programs on Adorama TV Animoto, now offering 20% off an annual pro subscription with promo code “Tamara15” and Mylio, who is now giving a FULL ADVANCED trial for one month via this link. I will be giving out tons of free giveaways during this program from these amazing companies! free giveaways, WPPI 2015, Tamara Lackey Wednesday: 10:15pm: Speaking and doing a live shoot at Nikon Theater, on the Expo Floor Afternoon: Filming new reDefine Shows for AdoramaTV 7pm: The WPPI Awards Show *Still quite a lot MORE coming together on these dates. check back on this list if you’d like to connect while in Vegas.   SO, how do you win one of these? Well, the other day I was speaking on stage and offered a free giveaway to one person in the audience who could most quickly and most passionately tell me why they love to be alive. One woman jumped up with some rather incredible enthusiasm, won the prize, and then sent in this note afterwards: Hi, Tamara, I really enjoyed your presentation. Your style of photography captures the fun and movement of life. I won the 10 songs from Triple Scoop with lifetime rights for being the person happiest to be alive in the room.  I am a children’s kidney doctor turned photographer because of ongoing cancer treatment (5 years strong!)  You can bet I am happy! Jumping up and down like a maniac at 8 AM in the morning is nothing… I am just super thrilled that my body is able to execute such moves :)

I love this note. I love this passion for life. I respect this passion for life – and I greatly feel it, too.
Tell me what it is about your life that you love so much, or you can leave a brief comment below and email us more at the studio, if you feel too shy to elaborate here. I’ll pick three winners by the end of this week – so you can start planning this fantastic trip as soon as possible.
Just leave your words in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
See you at WPPI 2015! I mean, you DO want to go to Vegas, right? You don’t want to miss out on sightings like these, right?!
Free giveaways, Tamara Lackey, WPPI 2015